WX, You are wrong!

The reason why scientists don't accept your claim about the role of faith in all claims of knowledge is because there is a big difference between faith based beliefs (spirits, gods, devils, heaven and hell, reincarnation, etc.) and science based beliefs; for example, that the Earth is not the center of our solar system, that vaccines work against viruses like C-19, and that carbon dioxide emitted from the human burning of fossil fuels is causing global warming. Scientific claims are based on the reliability of our senses, and the reliability of our senses can be checked by the testing required of scientific claims.

People who feel compelled to dethrone science always pull the Thomas Kuhn card, even as most fail to understand what he actually argued:

1. Scientific paradigms have shifted in the past, but always based on an expansion of the understanding from those who came before and not willy nilly random: Curvature of space relative to mass (Einstein) is an expansion of the Newtonian notion of gravity, but scientists still find it useful to refer to gravity because Newton wasn't wrong he just needed to be expanded upon.

2. That a paradigm shifted in the past does not mean it will in the future. In other words, that scientists had a limited understanding in the past doesn't mean that our understanding now is limited.

College lecturer of philosophy and comparative religions. Environmental ethicist. Ordained and reverent reverend. Let’s tell the truth…reverend.klaw@gmail.com

College lecturer of philosophy and comparative religions. Environmental ethicist. Ordained and reverent reverend. Let’s tell the truth…reverend.klaw@gmail.com